Now through February 29th, the compelling exhibit Esse Quam Videri: Self portraits by Bahraini Muslims, will be on display in Guilford’s Art Gallery. In an effort to confront the stereotyping of Muslims and address human prejudice, North Carolina artist and collaborator Todd Drake spearheaded the creation of this collection. Working with Muslims in North Carolina and Manama, Bahrain, Drake seeks to help artists produce self-portraits that reflect “real, rather than seeming, reflections of self to a wider audience” (taken from the project’s web page; link here). The project received funding by a Fulbright-Hayes Grant and support from the U.S. State Department.
“Esse Quam Videri” – “To Be Rather Than to Seem” – North Carolina state motto
Concurrent events include Me, Myself as a Muslim, a panel discussion led by Guilford Muslim Students. It will take place on Wednesday, January 25at 1:30 p.m. in King 126. Panelists include: Anum Shakir, Shaima Noorani, Faris El-Ali, Haneen Amra, Nora Awartani, Nigel Espey, and Sara Hussein.
On the third and fourth of February, Drake himself will lead a self-portrait workshop specifically for the Guilford community. This workshop will be held in connection with a Guilford photo contest: “Capturing Diversity at Guilford.” Registration is required, but photographers of all skill and experience levels are welcome to attend. Here is a link to the registration form, and here is a link to Hand/Eye’s post with more information.
Poetic Portraits of a Revolution, a multimedia spoken word performance by Will McInerney, Kane Smego, Mohammad Moussa, & Sameer Abdel-khalek, will take place on Friday, February 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery. The presentation will relay the stories and emotions behind the popular movements in Egypt and Tunisia. Produced by Academy Award-winning organization Empowerment Project, this event will surely be informative and stimulating. It is also free of charge and open to the public.
Lastly, On Wednesday, February 22nd, a 30-minute film entitled “The Noble Struggle of Amina Wadud” (an African-American Islamic feminist) will be shown in the gallery space. Assistant Professor of English Diya Abdo will facilitate a panel discussion directly afterwards alongside panelists with Parveen Hasanali and Annah Awartani. Hasanali is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Guilford; Awartani is community leader and owner of Zaytoon Restaurant, as well as the parent of two Guilford students.
This exhibit and its corresponding events are both visually gripping and socially relevant, so take advantage of this opportunity and engage with the Art Gallery this February.